Sunday, April 12, 2015

While We're Young

Movie Name: While We're Young
Year of Release: 2014
Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz, Maria Dizzia, Matthew Maher, Peter Yarrow, Dree Hemingway
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8

Director Noah Baumbach's new feature, comes after the critical success of "Frances Ha". The film focuses on the story of a couple in their mid 40s, Josh and Cordelia, whose best friends just had a baby, and whose life seems to be consumed about having and dealing with children. Josh is a documentary film maker, and has a strained relationship with Cordelia's father, himself an established film maker. In one of Josh's presentations he meets Jamie, a young man in his 20s, who is a big fan of his work. He soon introduces Josh to his wife Darby - this young couple is the epitome of trendy, with their love of vinyl records, bike rides and spontaneity. However Josh starts noticing they also cash in on the generosity of others, and what they present as their lives may not be entirely so.
Noah Baumbach has successfully made a career for himself capturing the life of elite intellectuals in New York with problems of integration or finding their own footing in life. With "While We're Young" Baumbach has written a story that pierces the core of two interesting subject matters: learning to age and mature, and how younger generations have a somewhat lack of scruples and are generally inconsequential about their choices and behavior. The film is perfect in its depiction of how these two couples meet and how the older one feels energized by the dynamics of the younger couple, yet as the reality of these relationships start to materialize, there's a darker tone that starts emerging. The director smartly manages to build a comedy that showcases the idiocy of some behaviors, while also contemplating some darker themes in how some people are parasitical of others. The cast is uniformly good, particularly Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, that give their characters respectively a certain angst and a depth that make this couple both endearing and relatable. Another great film from Noah Baumbach!